Harder and Steenbeck 10ft Braided Hose with Quik Connect First-Look
|Date of First Look||November 2009||Manufacturer||Harder and Steenbeck|
|Subject||10ft Braided Hose with Quik Connect||Pros||High quality air hose with standard 1/4" compressor fitting and quick disconnect coupler|
|Cons||Nothing noted||MSRP (USD)||$38.63|
When we had the pleasure of playing with, er, reviewing the Harder and Steenbeck (infinity) double-action airbrush (look here), the folks were kind enough to send along an air hose to accompany the airbrush. This is the first hobby air hose I've seen that came equipped with a quick disconnect.
The hoses I've seen and used from other manufacturers had standard screw-on fittings for their airbrushes and this makes sense since most of them were designed before the availability of the quick-disconnect fittings in this size. The Harder and Steenbeck series airbrushes come out of the case with the quick-disconnects in place and it makes perfect sense to provide an airhose so-equipped as well.
You might think the retail price is higher than standard airbrush hoses and you'd be correct, but by the time you acquire the quick-disconnect adapter to go with the airbrush, you've spent this much or more for the same capability. The hose has a nice quality braided shroud along the full length of the hose, a standard 1/4 inch compressor adaptor on one end and the current standard for quick-disconnect connector on the other. It works perfectly with my Iwata and other airbrushes equipped with various aftermarket quick-disconnect adapters.
This airhose as well as Harder and Steenbeck airbrushes are available from a growing number of retailers (including online stores). You can learn more about the company and its products here: http://www.germanairbrush.com/
My sincere thanks to Harder and Steenbeck for this review sample!